28 Black People Who Should Inspire You — A.G. Gaston

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A.G. was the grandson of slaves. At the time of his death, he was worth $130,000,000.

So . . . This Happened: Three Things in Sports (Jan. 5, 2015 Edition)

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Our first Monday sports round-up of 2015 features a pause to reflect on the passing of Stuart Scott, college football Bowl game madness, and Wild Card Weekend in the NFL starring Chris Christie.

Checking Athletes’ Privilege

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Mike Kasdan takes a hard look at the roots of the privilege we confer on star athletes, and its devastating effect on society.

Tis the Season for Feigning Football Interest

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September brings my annual ritual of brushing up on the basest college football knowledge for use in conversation.

In Desegregation Case, Judge Blasts School Officials and Justice Department

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A federal judge in Alabama says local school board has failed to meet legal mandate to integrate.

Life Below The Mason-Dixon Line: A Call For Submissions

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Life below the Mason-Dixon Line isn’t as simple as some people want you to believe.

Get A Life, Will You People?

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Coupled with Marcus Smart’s run-in with a Texas Tech fan, Liam Day says the backlash new Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans faced from Auburn fans indicates that some of them just need to get lives.

28 Black People You Probably Don’t Know About (But You Should)— NH Smith

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A Birmingham minister carried a torch while Martin Luther King was in jail. I sat in his church for seventeen years and never knew.

Nonpartisan Support: Letters From The President to Crestfallen Athletes

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It’s always nice to see someone use a position of power to lend a helping hand with absolutely no hint of an ulterior motive.

Alabama Grants Posthumous Pardon to ‘Scottsboro Boys’ Falsely Convicted in Racially Tinged Case

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Twice, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the boys’ convictions, the first time, issuing a landmark decision on the right to effective assistance of counsel, and the second time invalidating a trial that included no black jurors

In Touch With My Feminine Side…If You Like It or Not

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Wil Elrick is 6’7″. He wrestled a bear. But he’ll surprise you with what else he likes to – and will – do.

Eleven Things About the South That Really ARE True—and One That’s Not

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JJ Vincent confirms some of those things we believe about the South, and asks us to forget one very important one.

Southern States Are Suppressing Voters’ Rights [OpEd]

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Since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, nothing is stopping politicians from disenfranchising poor, elderly, and student voters.

Yes, I Do Need All of Those Pink Notebooks: School Supply Shopping on Tax-free Weekend

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JJ Vincent goes shopping for school supplies in bulk, to topple stereotypes as much as anything.

Federal Judges Block Anti-Immigrant South Carolina Law

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This latest ruling means the three South Carolina provisions will remain temporarily blocked until the court holds a full trial on the statute

If You’re Scared Enough, You Can Get Away With Killing

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George Zimmerman is not guilty because the jury decided that black kids are scary